Les Ateliers Nature Vivante / UnStill Life Workshops

© j. dawn maclellan, 2013

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© j. dawn maclellan, 2013

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Les Ateliers Nature Vivante / UnStill Life Workshops

Cultural Mediation

March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013

in collaboration with The Yellow Door

During the month of March 2013, the “chef d’équipe” and artist jenna dawn maclellan with her artist accomplice Chef Kim Waldron invite The Yellow Door’s 60+ Social Club to rediscover the banal through the “Nature Vivante” (UnStill Life) Workshops. In fact, there is nothing banal about the quotidian. The everyday comes to life where the ordinary becomes extraordinary as we undomesticate the domestic. Work becomes play as we infiltrate OBORO’s gallery, studios, office and kitchen. Cooking is reinvented through ludic actions and interactions while gaining exposure to performance and contemporary art practices. Over the course of the workshops “the socialites” will be exposed to both low and high-tech technologies as we reconstruct and question: reality or fiction? Our menu is forever changing. Along the way we will encounter special guests, The Women With Kitchen Appliances, as we celebrate life, the domestic arts and the everyday. As it turns out, a cookbook is not just a cookbook.

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Kim Waldron

Kim Waldron’s art practice makes frequent use of self-portraiture as a means to engage with contemporary social situations. Through addressing the idea that reality is always a construction, over the years her work has questioned the role of images and the importance of context as discourse. The conceptual framework of her photographic series is based on the boundary that defines reality and fiction. Not only is self-representation an integral component of her work, the contexts that she uses to create these narratives is equally as important. Kim Waldron was born in Montreal, Canada and graduated from NSCAD University in 2003. She has exhibited extensively, most notably at the Musée régional de Rimouski, Œil de Poisson, Vu, Gallery 44, Eyelevel Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor and La Centrale. She has been an artist-in-residence in Vienna offered by the Austrian Federal Ministry and in Newfoundland at the English Harbour Arts Centre.

jenna dawn maclellan

jenna dawn maclellan is a Montréal-based artist and cultural mediator, born in the prairies and raised in the community of Sioux Lookout. Location, accessibility and personal encounters have greatly influenced her socially-engaged practice, where she activates personal and social experiences through performative gestures in public and private spaces inspired by the everyday. Her community-oriented vocation has ranged from setting up a sewing atelier for Montreal’s urban refugees, orchestrating an ad-hoc neighbourhood-driven recycling committee in Chicago, to initiating a dialogue for peace between immigrant factory women and Canadian military personnel. She is recently working to complete her Masters of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Following The Parcel Workshops on creative writing with four authors in residence and as the captain of the ship to animate the workshops surrounding Caroline Loncol-Daigneault’s fiction “Le Vaisseau”, this is the third workshop series that Jenna organizes for OBORO.

Women With Kitchen Appliances

Women With Kitchen Appliances (WWKA) is a feminist performance art group. Ten women form the core group, but since its inception in 1999, more than fifty artists have participated in this collective project. The group creates theatrical improvisational sound performances through the amplification of manipulated kitchen apparatus. In the wake of the termination of its activities, WWKA participates in some workshops that will contribute to a critical reflection leading to the production of a retrospective publication, WWKA 1999-2012.